After the first day of the week-long filing period for school board candidates, contests are shaping up for seats on the Evanston Skokie District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 school boards in next April’s election.

Two incumbents and two challengers are seeking three positions on the District 65 board.

  • Sergio Hernandez Jr., if 1400 Kirk St, is the current school board president. He was appointed to the board in January 2017 to fill a vacancy and was elected to his first full term in 2019. He’s a former director of family and community engagement for the state board of education and is on the board of the Youth Job Center.
  • John Matthew Martin, 40, lives at 2335 Hastings Ave. in the 6th Ward.
  • Ndona Muboyayi, of 2111 Emerson St., finished sixth among eight candidates seeking election to the District 65 board in 2021. She has been active on the district’s Bilingual Parent Advisory Council and has advocated for reparations programs in Evanston
  • Mya Wilkins, of 8625 Central Park Ave. in Skokie, the executive director of marketing at Chase Bank, was appointed in October to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of Anya Tanyavutti.

Three incumbents and two newcomers have filed so far for positions on the ETHS board.

Four board seats are up for election in D202. Mirah Anti’s seat is the fourth — she was appointed to the board in June 2021 after only three candidates ran in that year’s election for four positions on the board.

Update 12/16/22: Mirah Anti, of 1003 Hinman Ave., also has joined the race for the ETHS board. A listing on the clerk’s office website says she is seeking a full four-year term.

The candidate filing period continues through Monday, Dec. 19.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Oh please let us have good candidates to choose from and not puppets. There is demand for new thinking. If you are unsure, I assure you we want you on the ballot.

  2. Any word on whether Olasimbo is going to run? She was the person appointed when Weatherspoon mysteriously quit over the summer and claimed in her application to fill the vacancy that she was planning on running.

    I’d really like to see another challenger show up. We really need to clean house with some independent voices. Angela Blaising seemed to be a good candidate the last time, but didn’t show very well in the election. Muboyayi seems to be an independent thinker, so she may be likely to push for accountability rom the administration.

    1. I am not running but heavily supporting John Martin and Ndona Muboyayi. Have heard Omar is also a great “change candidate”. I feel confident these are the 3 that should be voted in!

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